Weldments are a very easy and common way to model in SOLIDWORKS. But when it comes to processing assemblies and parts in SigmaTUBE, weldments can cause unexpected behavior if not handled correctly.
This article covers multiple ways to process your weldment parts and assemblies within SigmaTUBE.
The first step is to have your weldment ready and saved in SOLIDWORKS as either a part or assembly file. If you have a part file with a multibody weldment you will need to convert this to an assembly or break this down into single part files.
To break a weldment part file into multiple part files to be used in either an assembly or single part processing follow these steps:
- Run SOLIDWORKS as administrator.
- After starting SOLIDWORKS and opening your multi-body part, click on Insert > Feature > Save Bodies.
- Once the feature window shows up, click Auto-assign Names (1). This will automatically name the pieces "Structural Member N" where N is the number or name them based on the feature used to create them.
- You can rename these members by double clicking on their name in the list.
- After naming the parts, click Browse (2) and give a file name to the assembly you want to make from the weldment/multibody part.
- Once done, click the green check mark (3) to automatically create the assembly. This will also create separate part files for each member of the weldment that can be processed in SigmaTUBE, either as individual parts or an assembly.
Now you can open the newly created assembly. All the parts from the weldment will be brought in and you can process them through SigmaTUBE as usual.